Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Point Farms, June 14-16 2013

This was a week-end full of memories and firsts. After arriving Friday afternoon we headed into Goderich to place our order for donuts to be picked up Saturday afternoon. Good luck we did that because by the time we arrived there on Saturday the donuts were all gone. They had lots of other goodies but we got our donuts just as we ordered....YUM!!! We drove down to the harbour just in time to see a big ship coming in to dock at the salt mine. We had never watched the tugs go out and assist a boat into the harbour so it was neat to watch. After a yummy pasta supper we headed down to the beach for a walk and to enjoy the sunset over Lake Huron. We enjoyed the remainder of the evening in front of the campfire.
Saturday was going to be a full day. All of the Matheson gang were meeting at 11am in Lochalsh to say our final goodbyes to Duncan's dad (Wm. R. Matheson) and lay him to rest in the family cemetery on Father's Day week-end. Bain did some readings and Bill's friend Charlie from his childhood shared a few stories about Bill that we had not heard before. It was nice to hear those memories as well. After leaving the cemetery we did a 7 car convoy past the family homestead, up to Pine River Cheese which was a regular stop for Bill when he was in the area. We then travelled into Goderich to do a few loops around the main square and a stop at Culbert's Bakery in memory of brother Charlie. We then all headed for a late Chinese lunch and time to visit before some of the family headed home. The rest of the gang joined us at our campsite for a visit, some laughs and time at the beach. It was a wonderful day spent with family even under the circumstances. After everyone had left, Duncan and I vegged at the campfire and had a late light supper.
Sunday we had a bit of rain in the morning so we just hung out and enjoyed the sounds of the rain. After a late breakfast we headed to a pond to see if we could enjoy the company of a Blue Heron. To our surprise we got that and more. It was so foggy that our usual plan of hanging at the beach in the afternoon was off so we headed home early.

Three tug boats going out to assist

Working hard to turn the boat

A goose family at the harbour with only one gosling.

Growing up and loosing its down

A feather left from preening herself

Speak up I can't hear you.........

This is one way to get rid of the wind turbines!
A seagull at sunset

Seed puffs and a spider

Spotted Sandpiper at the waters edge

Sunset from the waters edge

Sunset from up on the cliff

Thanks for the memories and good times

Lane way to the family homestead

This was the Matheson homestead for many years

Raelynn, the youngest of the Matheson's

The air was very still on the beach 
as shown by the campfire smoke

Ian & Brittany at the beach

Brittany found the perfect piece
of wood to use as a rifle toss

Time at the Pond
Female Belted Kingfisher (A first for me)

Up in a tree in the fog

Blue Heron doing a fly by

Wings in the down position

He loves me, he loves me not.........

Rain on a spider web

My first Green Heron
Duncan spotted this one off on the side crouched like this

Diving in for a fish

About to enjoy the catch

Shaking to dry off after eating the fish

A rear view with the neck fully extended

A frontal view of this beautiful Green Heron
What a thrill it was to spend an hour watching this bird

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